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The Principal's Night Before Christmas

The Principal's Night Before Christmas

by James Rice (Illustrator), Steven Layne

Though everybody else has settled down for a long winter's nap, poor Principal Swell has his hands full.


Though everybody else has settled down for a long winter's nap, poor Principal Swell has his hands full.

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Principal Swell has all sorts of problems to solve involving paperwork, naughty students, and complicated field trips, and it seems that he'll never get back home to his own family for Christmas-until Santa appears and takes care of everything. Written in the same rhyme scheme as Clement C. Moore's poem, this is a lifeless recitation of mundane problems, accompanied by folksy, almost awkward illustrations that lack child appeal. Rice has illustrated many takeoffs of Moore's work, and this is one of the least successful.-E. M. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
Night Before Christmas Series
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Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Author/illustrator James Rice (1934-2004) produced sixty books, including the illustrations for Pelican’s treasured The Night Before Christmas Series. Rice’s first book, the well-loved classic Cajun Night Before Christmas®, has more than 750,000 copies in print. Young readers can enjoy more of Gaston®’s adventures in Gaston® Goes to Mardi Gras and sample Rice’s other children’s stories with favorites such as Texas Jack at the Alamo. With more than 1.5 million copies of his books in print, Rice ranks among the nation’s best-selling creators of children’s books, receiving awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children’s Book Council, among others. Years after his death, Rice’s family found the art and text Gaston® Joins the Circus, and this discovery has brought Gaston® back for one more adventure!

STEVEN L. LAYNE is a professor at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he also serves as director of the Master of Education in Literacy program. His work has been recognized by organizations such as USA Today, the Milken Family Foundation, and the Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

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